Fillies Series set to continue
The new £625,000 EBF Breeders' Fillies Series has been given the green light to take place in the same format again next season, starting in early May 2017.
The series drew to a successful close with a £200,000 four-race finale at Newmarket's Rowley Mile Racecourse last Saturday and Kerry Murphy, CEO of the European Breeders' Fund, was delighted with how the series developed.
"We are extremely happy with the success of the EBF Breeders' Fillies Series in 2016," she said.
"All 20 races have seen competitive fields and owners and trainers have been very supportive of the initiative as have the racecourses that helped stage the series.
"We hope that, by announcing our intention to continue the Series in 2017, owners can now plan to retain fillies they might otherwise have thought about selling or retiring, in the knowledge that there will be valuable opportunities on offer for them throughout next year."
The British European Breeders Fund (BEBF) has agreed to renew sponsorship of the Series, investing over £300,000 into its 20 races that were specifically designed to give valuable opportunities to those fillies that fall just below black type level, encouraging their owners and owner-breeders to keep them in training rather than sell them for export or retire them.
It has been well received by the training fraternity, with an average field size of nine runners throughout the entire Series and 43 runners contesting the four big money final day contests.